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Sunday Bellini Brunch By Mary Scourtes Greacen Palm Court’s Sunday Bellini Brunch changes regularly like the tides. There’s always something new to be caught there. Daytime tipplers need to know the bottomless Bellinis flow at 11 a.m. For $37.95 ($16.95 for children under 10) you have full reign of breakfast and lunch seafood, salads and seasonal entrée items. All you have to do is roll out of bed and show up for maximum dining indulgence. Assorted breads, bagels and blintzes joining an interesting cheese selection and fruit are hallmarks of a good brunch. Palm Court’s chef skillfully makes waffles and pancakes. Guests ooh and ahh over the Eggs Benedicts made with crab, steak, smoked salmon, arugula and more. “We get lots of good feedback on our cold seafood,’’ says chef de cuisine Jon Hilton, who has cooked at the TradeWinds for three years. There are dreamy crab claws and peel-and-eat shrimp, beet and vodka-cured salmon rosettes with all the accoutrements. Grouper, salmon, mahi mahi or cobia, depending on the season, star as entrées.

Carnivores will delight in the beastly slab of smoked sea salt prime rib. Executive Chef Justin Harry says that regulars return just for the beef. Such southern favorites as Applewood smoked bacon and country sage sausage abound. Then progress to the artisan greens, marinated vegetables, cured meats, and tempting selection of fresh watermelon, dragon fruit or papaya, to name a few of the many offerings. My taste buds’ best friend and Lipitor’s worst enemy is the pastry table overflowing with mini mousse shots and Key lime or carrot cheesecake. Oreos, pound cake, fruit and pretzels mingle at a chocolate fountain. Hilton, who grew up cooking Southern cuisine, likes the guests who brand Palm Court as their favorite brunch haunt. One guest from Michigan came three times last year. She is on her way back to TradeWinds in October, probably for the brunch, again.

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GETAWAY Magazine 2016 Travel Agents  

Located directly on the white sands of St. Pete Beach, consistently rated as one of the Top Beaches in America by TripAdvisor, the TradeWind...

GETAWAY Magazine 2016 Travel Agents  

Located directly on the white sands of St. Pete Beach, consistently rated as one of the Top Beaches in America by TripAdvisor, the TradeWind...